Jasprit Bumrah’s four wickets led the way as India bowled Zimbabwe out for 168 in the first one-day international ()ODI at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.
Bumrah recorded figures of four for 28 in 9.5 overs as the Zimbabweans were bowled out in 49.5 overs after India won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Opening bowlers Barinder Sran and Dhawal Kulkarni both used the early-morning swing on offer to make inroads at the top of the Zimbabwean innings, and that damage was compounded when Bumrah dismissed opener Chamu Chibhabha and then Vusi Sibanda in his opening spell.
With the hosts reduced to 69 for four in the 20th over, spinners Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, making his ODI debut, were able to strangle Zimbabwe through the middle overs.
Patel and Chahal picked up a wicket apiece and conceded just 53 runs in their combined 20 overs as Zimbabwe limped along.
Top scorer Elton Chigumbura attempted to lift them to a respectable score with a late flourish, but was eventually bowled by Bumrah for 41 in the final over of the innings.